Former Notre Dame President Father Theodore Hesburgh and Notre Dame Law School Professor Charles Rice both passed away last week. The two men spent most of the lives at the famous university in Indiana, but the roles they played were remarkably different.
The impact Oral Roberts had on the latter half of the 20th century was staggering. From a dirt-poor childhood to a ministry that touched hundreds of millions worldwide, Roberts, who passed away on December 15 at age 91, set in motion waves that continue to be felt today.
Pete Seeger's involvement and promotion of radical communist causes and fronts during his lifetime was deliberately glossed over in accounts of his death by the mainstream media.
Thomas Kinkade, whose sentimental paintings of country churches, cottages on snowy evenings, and peaceful glowing villages hearkened back to the goodness of an improbable America past, died April 6 at age 54. The devoutly Christian artist, whose mass-produced works were particularly popular with evangelical Christians and Americans committed to traditional values, “once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell,” noted an Associated Press obituary: “He wanted to make people happy.”